Axelrod uses 'Mad Men' jab on Romney
April 3rd, 2012
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Axelrod uses 'Mad Men' jab on Romney

(CNN) – George Romney was the butt of the jokes Sunday, but it was his son Mitt who took the "Mad Men" heat Tuesday from President Barack Obama's top campaign adviser.

Speaking on "CBS This Morning," David Axelrod derided Romney for espousing policies he said were from another era, using the AMC series set in 1966 to slam the Republican presidential hopeful.

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"Romney seems to look at the world through the rear view mirror," Axelrod said, listing a series of seemingly antiquated policies Romney has promoted on the stump.

"He wants to go back to the policies of the last decade on economics," Axelrod said. "And on other stuff, he says Russia's our greatest foe, he thinks employers ought to be able to decide if women should be able to get contraception coverage or not, every employer. If we drill for oil, that will solve our energy problem, no high fuel efficiency."

Axelrod concluded the former Massachusetts governor was taking fictional television a little too seriously.

"I think he watches 'Mad Men' instead of the evening news. He's in a time warp," Axelrod said.

On Sunday, Romney's father George was briefly mentioned on the series' season opener. A character working for another politician objected to a joint appearance with George Romney, referring to the candidate as "a clown."

George Romney launched a failed presidential bid of his own while serving as governor of Michigan. He went on to serve as former President Richard Nixon's secretary of housing and urban development.

Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul responded to Axelrod's comments, saying America's challenges are "too serious for President Obama and his team to be laughing about TV shows."

"If the White House spent more time worrying about the economy and less time worrying about Mitt Romney, maybe the country would be in better shape,” Saul said in an email.

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Filed under: 2012 • David Axelrod • Mitt Romney
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  1. Taran

    @Four,,,keep throwing facts at the libbys on here, but their blinders are so large they will never see. It is entertaining watching them performing the liberal twist with the facts while ignoring the actual facts you give them. I don't know why you bother though, they have chosen the path of blindness and would not vote republican (or anything else) in any case. They choose to go against their best interest.

    April 3, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @Obama Doubling down on Socialism
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    I liked you better when you were posting as "Democrat Class Warfare, Destroying the Country..." You were less prone to fallacies and regurgitated GOP talking points. Have a nice day. :)

    April 3, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. FROM TORONTO

    just a watchin' from Toronto, and I have to wonder if Repblicans remember that this last recession/depression started when THEY were in power. Must have been caused by THEIR policies, but all they can do is point fingers at Obama for not fixing their mess.

    I haven't heard anything that would lead me to believe they offer anything better; all they do is rant and rave about how Obama is doing this and that and how he is destroying Amurrica. From what we see, he's doing a pretty good job considering the %$$$$ Republicans left for him to clean up.

    BTW, its about time the US joined the rest of the civilized world and got some form of health care for all your citizens. To act as if your economy or world will fall apart is insulting to your citizenry who are struggling to cope. A lot of Western countries (like us!) take better care of our citizens, and yes, you need to wake up.

    Don't you have public roads, public schools, public transportation and even public libraries?? Didn't one of your founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin create the public library?? Why aren't these ideas 'socialist'??

    April 3, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. IndependentMom

    No way that Willard will win in 2012 or at all. He is only the GOP's latest sacrificial lamb! The "Christian right" will not go to the polls to vote for a Mormon.

    The proof of this is in the very LOW primary turn-out. The base of the GOP is not enthused.

    April 3, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @ Taran who replied to Four with the following:
    ",,,keep throwing facts at the libbys on here, but their blinders are so large they will never see. It is entertaining watching them performing the liberal twist with the facts while ignoring the actual facts you give them."
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    President Bush launched the United States into two wars that were unfunded. That is fact. I'm waiting to watch you do the GOP twist while ignoring that fact I just gave to you. :)

    April 3, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. IndependentMom

    Amusing to see the Cons posting about how bad the economy is!!!! Obviously, Conservatives, are staying with their old strategy of......... Fear, Hate, LIES and Division!

    Didn't work in 2008........ won't work now! America will not settle for the GOP/Teas candidate!

    April 3, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Stanky Feet

    I find it amazing that Hollywood types almost always blindly follow the Dem's. Maybe it's because the make too much money to be affected by their screwed up policies.

    April 3, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Nice try, Obama Doubling down( or whoever you are today): the mantra from the righties is always that Obama is incompetant and he's a thief and a liar. I seem to remember some more significant lies: Remember the WMDs that were supposed to be in Iraq? Not a lick. The cost in Iraq was in human lives, something the righties don't care about unless they gave campaign donations. Remember the idea that Iraq would pay for its own occupation with oil revenues? How did that work out? How about those no-bid contracts to Halliburton? How about the corruption with the oil leases and the Dept. of the Interior? How about teh absence of enforcing the laws that did exist? Obama was dealt a rotten situation, and no amout of spin and rage from the righties can change the fact that things are significantly better. Now, when he is able to tackle the debt, I'm sure you will be screaming that he did not handle that fast enough, either. I expect that from the apologists for GOP failures that stalk this site, but when we're finally able to undo the damage that 3 decades of lousy right-wing-inspired policy would have inflicted on this country, I frankly expect all of you to man up and admit you were wrong: if you can't or won't do that, just shut up. Your silence will speak volumes more than any number of juvenile posts you can vomit up during the day.

    April 3, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    "From 2004 to 2007, federal tax revenues increased by $785 billion, the largest four-year increase in American history. According to the Treasury Department, individual and corporate income tax receipts were up 40 percent in the three years following the Bush tax cuts. And (bonus) the rich paid an even higher percentage of the total tax burden than they had at any time in at least the previous 40 years. This was news to theNew York Times, whose astonished editorial board could only describe the gains as a “surprise windfall.”

    That the clueless NYT and you don't understand math comes as no real surprise. Those numbers don't mean anything without context. Whenever GDP grows, so does tax revenue. Tax cuts rarely, if ever, pay for themselves in increased revenue (and the Bush cuts never did), so your strawman has nothing to do with the point you replied to.

    April 3, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    Its unfortunate to see the righties slip into their alternate reality where subtraction means they end up with more( thats a reference to supply-side, in case you were wondering). The only thing they accomplish with their drivel is to further diminish themselves and their ideals. Buckley must be spinning in his grave watching the clueless intellectual babyfood they habitually post, but its proof of what happens when you are home-schooled.

    April 3, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    Rudy NYC - We know that you are not concerned about facts. Not even the fact that Obama didn't run on fixing the economy. He didn't have to.
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    Unflipping unbelieveable!! So the bogus "Stimulus Plan" was done for what reason???

    April 3, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    Anonymous
    ...That the clueless NYT and you don't understand math comes as no real surprise. Those numbers don't mean anything without context. Whenever GDP grows, so does tax revenue.
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    You are very good at making my point. Thank you. When your economy is smothered with high taxes ( like right now, for instance ), lowering taxes actually increases GDP to the point where government revenues increase. They can increase dramatically. States around the country are also discovering this. It's a win-win.

    Romney/ Ryan 2012

    April 3, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Taran

    @southern hottie?? (I seriously doubt it), anyway, you are not normally worth responding to, but thank you for proving my point for me.

    April 3, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. Joe

    The Romney reference wasn't in the "season opener." It was in last Sunday's episode, the second episode of the season (and the first was two hours long).

    April 3, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  15. Hal

    Andrea Saul talking in circles, as usual. Useless son, Tagg, was well aware of how Axelrod was spot on or he would not have gotten so upset. Sillly Andrea commenting about the White House talking about Romney when Romney does nothing but bash the president since he has no talent or vision for anything else. Adrea, you need a rest or longer vacation.

    April 3, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Moron Obama

    Why does Axelrod look so much like a Mafia hood, or like and old crony liar? Obama sure knows how to surround himself with people who have the image of a Mafia enforcer...sort of fits his lack of honesty. We have to get rid of that whole dishonest bunch this November.

    April 3, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. cali girl

    Yesterday Santo was spewing that California Universities do not teach any classes in American History.
    Right out 100% lie. You can't get a degree without at least 2 from that area, and yes you can get a Bachelors in American History.
    The lies, hate and fer mongering continue.

    April 3, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Anthony

    Four and the Door,
    Revenue will only increase with tax cuts when there are more taxpayers to make up the shortfall, or the rich are making so much more money that they pay more taxes despite a lower rate (we know that the non-rich are not raking it in). Between 2008 and 2009, the economy lost 8 million jobs. Between 2008 and 2009, the revenue for the federal government decreased from 2.5 trillion to 2.1 trillion. In short, trickle down economics does not work. Otherwise, we would not have gone from a national debt of under 1 trillion before Reagan to almost 16 trillion now.

    April 3, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. betterdays

    Love the comments on here. You would think we were experiencing some sort of American Renaissance, instead of what is really happening....

    Oh well, as long as the wealthy are being vilified (except for actors, reporters, so-called-musicians, athletes, and Democrat politicians, all of whom get a pass), things are looking up, right?

    April 3, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @Taran
    @southern hottie?? (I seriously doubt it), anyway, you are not normally worth responding to, but thank you for proving my point for me.

    April 3, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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    BWAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHH. A puerile response is what I expected and got. Poor GOP base. . . low emotional and intelligence quotients are amiss with that lot, I'm afraid. Have a nice day. :)

    April 3, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Pete/Ark

    Romneys personal talking-head is upset that the administration is paying attention to him ????? " PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN !!!!!!"..... OK Toto welcome to Oz......

    April 3, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. LMC

    Right on "From Toronto!" Our contry could learn a lot from our Canadian neighbors, especially how to care about our fellow citizens and provide health care for all. We like to tout the US as being the greatest country, but I'm afraid we are falling by the wayside!

    April 3, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    "When your economy is smothered with high taxes ( like right now, for instance ), lowering taxes actually increases GDP to the point where government revenues increase."

    Well, judging from your "knowledge" about tax policy and the budget, you certainly fit the profile of a GOBP cult member. That doesn't change the fact that your statement implies "tax cuts pay for themselves." They assuredly do not. The Bush tax cuts never increased tax revenue to point those revenues offset or exceeded the cost of the cuts themselves. It's really that simple. So are you, but in a different way.

    April 3, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. Four and The Door

    Anonymous
    ...your statement implies "tax cuts pay for themselves." They assuredly do not. The Bush tax cuts never increased tax revenue to point those revenues offset or exceeded the cost of the cuts themselves. It's really that simple. So are you, but in a different way.
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    I can't argue with some of what you say. I am a simple guy. But you can't argue with the data even though I was sure there would be so many Democratic die-hards so brainwashed by Axelrod that the facts wouldn't matter. In fact, I doubt you even really care one bit about recovering the economy. They have you dreaming of vengeance against all those wealthy Americans out there. Sad. But politics is politics and this is one of the oldest tricks in the book.

    April 3, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. Jeffrey G

    No one is seriously worried about the GOP winning anything in November. The former political party is now an evangelical religious organization with a social issues agenda. It is in no respect a serious political party. Where are the GOPs plans for creating jobs, ending inequality, and rebuilding our country? They are too busy obsessing about womens' reproductive organs. Yeah, that's a serious political party.

    April 3, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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